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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Our Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann has another distinction - the One World Award for Lifetime Achievement. One World Awards (OWA) were created in 2008 by organic food pioneer Joseph Wilhelm, founder of the German company Rapenzel Naturkost that sources its organic and fair trade products worldwide. Given every two years, the awards honor individuals, projects and innovative ideas that promote ecological, economic and social improvement and that encourage justice in the world. He is shown here with Markus Arbenz, executive director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) that co-sponsors OWA. IFOAM represents 800 member organizations in 120 countries. Kirschenmann was one of two Americans to receive the OWA honor on September 19 in Germany. News release About OWA Kirschenmann's story